John Byrne

John Byrne
John Byrne's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): RTÉ (Ireland)
Publications: RTÉ (Ireland)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 83% High Life (2019) Effortlessly arthouse (Cryptic? Check! Slow-moving? Check! Nudity that couldn't possibly be gratuitous? Check!), this will not be everyone's cup of space dust, but it might make you ponder the chaotic futility of existence. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 29% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan is a pretty decent shot at a spy tale, based on novel that was itself inspired by a true story that's straight out of Deighton or Le Carré. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 94% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) If you're not a football fan you shouldn't disregard The Keeper. This isn't a sport film as such - it's the compelling story of a truly remarkable man. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Now here's an absolute treat. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is a truly unique and inspiring story that doesn't take the easy route of painting Hogancamp in some saintly manner. It's also got quite a strong Marmite factor. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) This is the kind of film that gives me hope for the human race. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) I can't recall the last time I left a cinema feeling so satisfied. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a compelling tale that's told with great energy and self-righteous anger, thanks largely to the deft skills of director George Tillman Jr. You get the impression that everyone involved in this film feels passionately about the subject matter. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4.5/5 87% First Man (2018) First Man is a pretty singular, thoroughly enjoyable and compelling experience. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Meeting (2018) Alan Gilsenan's latest film is a tough but very rewarding watch. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
5/5 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) Older Than Ireland is peppered with wise words, great memories, plenty of humour, a lot of energy and - cue the Kleenex - one of the saddest true stories I've ever heard. If you're not moved by this film, you're not human. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 79% Alpha (2018) Oddly enough, this works. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4.5/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Denzel Washington's in rattling form. But when is he ever not? - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
4.5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's all outrageously enjoyable and so expertly put together, I couldn't be bothered outlining any more of the story. Just go see. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
5/5 89% Studio 54 (2018) The historical footage is remarkable, and you can really get a feel for the venue - not just in terms of its vibe of freedom, expression and casual sex, but also in terms of the sheer audacity and scale of the venue, a former theatre and TV studio. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) I've rarely left a cinema feeling so disappointed. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
4/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Anyone who goes to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looking for a good time in the dark with some dinosaurs is in for a treat. It's outrageously entertaining and an excellent addition to the dinosty. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/5 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) The big problem I have with this film is that I don't get the 'I'm ugly' shtick. By any barometer other than the barmiest of body fascism, Amy Schumer is a very attractive woman. And if you think she's fat, well then you're stupid. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is, ultimately, a jaw-dropping game-changer. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3.5/5 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) And the real magic here is the remarkable job done in terms of the CGI. It's ridiculously good. At this point, you don't even notice the blend of animation and real-lifers. It's seamless. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
3.5/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) Tomb Raider is damn good fun, and Alicia Vikander is just brilliant in everything she does. So there. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3.5/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) Surprisingly, Den of Thieves is a lot better than the hopelessly generic title suggests, and I ended up enjoying it, despite my aversion to monosyllabic gym bunny blam-blam. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
4.5/5 88% The Post (2018) The Post is a gripping yarn. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) Go. Enjoy. Smile. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
4.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) As formation movies go, this was hugely enjoyable and the ten-year-old me left the cinema looking forward to the next JL escapade. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 79% No Stone Unturned (2017) It doesn't always work - some moments are a bit overcooked for comfort - but the results are pretty devastating, if at least closing some emotional doors for those scarred and bereaved by a night when death called to a small country pub. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/5 83% Patti Cake$ (2017) [Patti Cake$] is a bit of a mixed bag. While the genre is as old as Hollywood itself, first-time writer/director Geremy Jasper has brought some new vision to the old 'search for stardom' set-up. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/5 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) As animated children's films go, this one's pretty okay. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3.5/5 42% Hampstead (2019) What it lacks in a script that's also painfully 'right-on' is compensated by a fine cast in a quirky and charming piece of cinematic souffle with Keaton and Gleeson in sparkling form. It's fun. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/5 70% The Journey (2017) It's all nonsense, really, but it's a bit of fun too. More of a pleasant distraction than politically insightful, and Toby Stephens is so convincing as Tony Blair that I almost felt my blood boiling all over again. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 91% Mindhorn (2016) Mindhorn is okay, but it should've been an awful lot better. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4.5/5 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) This is a delightfully seditious film that hands patriarchy a right good kicking, and deservedly so. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2.5/5 17% CHIPS (2017) It's difficult to get too excited about yet another so-so TV adaptation. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
5/5 83% George Best: All by Himself (2017) There are several truly splendid moments to savour and candid interviews with some of the main players in George Best's life, especially his first wife Angie and old pals such as Pat Crerand and Mike Summerbee. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) The finest Marvel film so far since Stan Lee's empire moved into the multiplexes, and it's almost up there with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/5 42% Gold (2017) Unless you're a McConaughey completist I wouldn't waste a night at the cinema watching this ultimately disappointing slice of celluloid, but if it pops up on TV some wet Tuesday night, you'll enjoy a great actor in top form. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
4.5/5 87% Jackie (2016) In a word: Oscars! - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 20% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) I don't care and can't even begin to pretend to care. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
5/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) If you're not moved by this movie, you're probably in need of a visit from the monster too. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
4/5 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It's certainly the best blockbuster I've seen in some time and great fun. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3.5/5 38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) If you like your action well-choreographed, and a plot that's relatively uncomplicated but not dumb, this is pretty much the film for you. There's even some good roof-fighting, which is always a plus. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/5 46% Free State of Jones (2016) Although the film feels a little disjointed and confusing at times, the blend of a great story and McConaughey's on-screen dominance (he's in virtually every scene bar the flash forwards) makes this a compelling couple of hours. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3.5/5 78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Fans of the original will really enjoy this film, but even Bridget Jones virgins should get a few laughs out of the middle-aged mirth-making. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3.5/5 94% Swallows and Amazons (2017) You could drive a herd of elephants through the pretty predictable plot, but if you're up for some old-fashioned fun and games, this is quite a jolly and spiffing diversion. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/4 37% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) This is a vast improvement on the 2014 film, and certainly sets the bar for this summer's round of blockbusters. Cow a-fun-ga! - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
4.5/5 67% The Danish Girl (2015) Vikander's performance in the role is both flawless and inspirational. Just give her the Oscar now. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
4.5/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Apologies for the fishing analogy, but this is Oscar bait par excellence. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
4/5 91% Grandma (2015) Tomlin carries it off with a world-weary, deadpan delivery reminiscent of the great Buster Keaton. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
4.5/5 100% Being AP (2015) AP McCoy is regarded as the greatest jump jockey who's ever sat in a saddle, and this fascinating documentary follows his last year on the track. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
4/5 76% The Good Dinosaur (2015) Even for a Pixar production, this is a technically stunning piece of animation, and there's great use of landscape and water that often provides a stark contrast to the more cuddly central characters. - RTÉ (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016